March 17, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team posted a season-high 19 hits in a 16-7 victory over Cleveland State Friday afternoon at University Heights Field in Huntington. Roddy Stieger (Sr., West Chester, Ohio) paced the Thundering Herd with three extra-base hits, including two doubles and a home run. He also drove in five runs.
Adam Ptacek (Sr., Assaria, Kan.), Rich Russell (Sr., Toronto, Ontario) and Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) had three hits apiece for Marshall.
The Herd (6-7) scored eight runs in the second inning to jump out to a big lead, then used a five-run seventh to put the Vikings (1-9) away for good.
Chris Koutsavlis (Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) started for the Herd and improved to 3-1 on the season. After allowing five runs (two earned) in the first three innings, he settled down to retire the final nine batters he faced. Overall, Koutsavlis went six innings, allowing five runs and five hits while walking two and striking out six. With the six strikeouts Koutsavlis moved into a ninth-place time all-time at Marshall with Marion Mahjer (1958-60) with 164 career strikeouts. Pat McKitrick (0-2) took the loss for Cleveland State after giving up 10 runs (four earned) in two-plus innings.
After the Vikings scored single runs in each of the first two innings, the Herd offense erupted to plate eight in the second. The first four hitters of the inning notched hits, with Ptacek finishing the run with a game-tying single to score Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.). After a Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) sacrifice fly, Chris Monaco (Sr., Tucson, Ariz.) put down a squeeze bunt to score Vincent. Adam Frederick (Sr., Franklin, Pa.) then reached on an error, which opened the floodgates as Russell and Brendan Murphy (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) hit back-to-back singles and Stieger followed with a three-run blast to left, giving the Herd an 8-2 lead.
The Vikings cut the lead in half in the third inning on a three-run homer by Joe Furner, but Marshall got one back in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Stieger.
CSU chipped away with two in the seventh inning off Marshall reliever Alan Gentry (Jr., Stuttgart, Kan.) on a two-run double by Marc Sikora.
The Herd put the game away with a five-run seventh inning, which was highlighted by a two-run home run by Frederick, hit third home run of the season.
The teams are back in action at 1 p.m. Saturday before wrapping up the three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.